Rank Group appoints ‘media pro’ David Williams as new Public Affairs lead

David Williams – Rank Group

London-listed gambling operator The Rank Group Plc (Rank) continues the restructuring of its senior executive management team, confirming the appointment of industry communications expert David Williams as new Director of Public Affairs. 

Williams the former long-term Media & PR Director of Ladbrokes UK (2004-2017) joins Rank Group leadership, from newly formed racecourse pool-betting operator, Britbet, where he formerly served as Director of Communications.

As new public affairs director, Williams will be tasked with leading communications and external media relationships for Rank UK brands, as the company continues to undertake its group transformation programme.

“The opportunity to join John at such an exciting time for the Group has proved irresistible. Ensuring that our public affairs, social positioning and industry relations are compelling and in-tune with wider regulatory affairs has never been so significant. I’ve been struck by just how much attention John and the Rank Board wish to put on this area of the business.”

The chance to work alongside a very talented and focused management team, with some great betting and gaming brands, is something that excites me enormously” David Williams commented on joining Rank Group leadership.

Updating investors, John O’Reilly, Rank’s Chief Executive backed the appointment of David Williams, detailing that the company had recruited the industry’s best media communications director for a crucial transition period.

“David brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to the Group and I am delighted that we have secured him to fulfil what will be a pivotal role as we reposition Rank for success. His energy and passion for our industry, coupled with a track record of delivering successful results will stand us in good stead for the regulatory challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I am looking forward to welcoming him to the management team next month.”